The Leiden Revelation (FIBA)

17 december 2011


Of all the teams still alive in the EuroChallenge, Leiden must be considered the biggest surprise.
While the Netherlands has produced some very good players over the years, including the 'Dunking Dutchman' Rik Smits of Indiana Pacers fame and big men Francisco Elson and Dan Gadzuric, the country is not a hotbed of hoops.
Leiden (3-3), a team essentially without a European history, progressed from a Group B that included Besiktas, Armia and 2010 EuroChallenge champions BG Göttingen.
Needing a win of more than three points this week at home against Armia, Leiden flat out hammered the Georgian club 76-59 with Seamus Boxley's 17 points and 10 rebounds leading the way.
Now Leiden find themselves in another tough situation in Group I. "In terms of budget, the team is in an even more of a David among the Goliaths situation than in the first round," club chairman Marcel Verburg said. A word to the wise - do not take Leiden lightly.

FIBA maakte ook een korte samenvatting in beeld met ondermeer het materiaal van onze cameraman Bas Schollaardt. Het Leidse stukje zit achteraan in de reportage, die te zien is door HIER TE KLIKKEN.

Vergeet ook niet te kijken naar de lange reportage van Bas, EXCLUSIEF OP DEZE SITE